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From Cold War to hot peace : an American ambassador in Putin's Russia / Michael McFaul.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
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xiii, 506 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
REVOLUTION -- The First Reset -- Democrats of the World, Unite! -- Yeltsin's Incomplete Revolution -- Putin's Thermidor -- RESET -- Change We Believe In -- Launching Obama's Reset -- Universal Values -- The First (and Last) Moscow Summit -- The New STARTTreaty -- Denying Iran the Bomb -- Hard Accounts: Russia's Neighborhood and Missile Defense -- Burgers & Spies -- The Arab Spring, Libya, and the Beginning of the End of the Reset -- "His Excellency" -- REACTION -- Putin Needs an Enemy: America, Obama, and Me -- Getting Physical -- Push Back -- Twitter and the Two-Step -- It Takes Two to Tango -- Chasing Russians, Failing Syrians -- Dueling on Human Rights -- Going Home -- Annexation and War in Ukraine -- The End of Resets (for Now) -- Epilogue: The Trump-Putin Bromance.
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From one of America's leading scholars of Russia who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today's most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama's adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States' policy known as "reset" that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul's ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.

From Cold War to Hot Peace is an essential account of the most consequential global confrontation of our time.

Author Notes

MICHAEL MCFAUL is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served for five years in the Obama administration, first at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, then as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation. Dr. McFaul is also an analyst forNBC News and a contributing columnist to the Washington Post . He has authored or coauthored several books, including Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin . Dr. McFaul was born and raised in Montana. He received his B.A. in international relations and Slavic languages and his M.A. in Soviet and East European studies from Stanford University, then completed his D. Phil. in international relations at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Stanford political science professor McFaul, who was posted to Moscow as U.S. ambassador from 2012 to 2014, provides useful insights into the changing relationship between America and Russia in this smart, personable mix of memoir and political analysis. McFaul first traveled to the then Soviet Union in 1983 as an undergraduate, and his resulting longtime interest in Russia turned to active engagement in 2007, when he was asked to advise the Obama campaign, a role that morphed into a position as special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian affairs. His tenure in the White House and then in Moscow coincided with increased tensions with the Putin regime, which ultimately accused the U.S. of interference in its elections and declared McFaul persona non grata, despite his energetic outreach to the Russian people, which included unprecedented interactions for an American on social media. McFaul does not believe Putinism as it exists today was inevitable, pointing to George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq as a "devastating blow to bilateral relations" that might otherwise have continued their post-9/11 progress. The author's privileged perspective as both an academic and policy maker makes this an essential volume for those trying to understand one of the U.S.'s most significant current rivals. Agent: Tina Bennett, WME. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

McFaul (political science, Stanford Univ.; Russia's Unfinished Revolution) served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council and as ambassador to Moscow. His achievements include forging the "reset" in Russian-American relations and, as ambassador, innovative use of social media in breaching official boundaries. This engaging account tells much beyond an ambassador's journal; however, it is thin on examining policies associated with Obama's predecessor. He explains the promise of reset's complex initiatives embraced by Russia's then president Dimitry Medvedev. McFaul's long involvement in forging ties between American nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and their Russian "civic society" counterparts offers lessons for democratization. The author succinctly identifies the impact on relations resulting from the Syrian imbroglio, the Crimean annexation, antiballistic defense, and the Edward Snowden affair. Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in 2012 remains the primary cause of reset's demise. Putin believed that McFaul's role was part of an orchestrated "color revolution" directed at Russian -regime change. Domestic -challenges to -Putin revived the trope of a "conservative Russia versus and liberal [evil] west." -VERDICT A fine narrative of the rise and decline of America's Russian policy in the Obama years.-Zachary Irwin, Behrend Coll., Pennsylvania State Erie © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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